It was really cool to get to know every new character that introduced in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. They all played an important role in the film, and as I said in my review, each one of them had their own scene-stealing moments. Donnie Yen‘s character, Chirrut Îmwe, was easily one of the most badass characters in the movie who stayed calm under pressure, believed so hard in the Force, and knew how to kick ass.
While making the press rounds for the film, a little girl named Miriam, who is associated with BBC, asked Yen about his fighting style in the film, and he revealed that he designed a new and unique style of martial arts for his role in the film, which is pretty damn awesome!
“I’ve done a lot of martial arts, Miriam. I was nine years old when I started martial arts, and I studied many different styles of martial arts. Every movie, I would create a unique martial arts for each movie. For example, in Rogue One, my character Chirrut, I designed a bit of martial arts specifically for Star Wars.”
It’d be cool to get some additional insight into this style of martial arts that he created some day, but he didn’t get into it in this interview. I just love the fact that he created a new martial arts style for the Star Wars universe.
It was a blast watching Yen fight the Empire in Rogue One — he definitely does his fair share of ass whooping. The actor went on to talk about the difficulties of wearing the contact lenses that made him look blind in the film because they really blinded him.
“It was not comfortable! I had to take them off every two hours and rest in between for twenty minutes. With the contact lenses, it was very blurry, I couldn’t see clearly, so it was very distracting.”
There’s no doubt that Star Wars fans are going to love Yen’s character in the film and the role that he plays in the story.